Shaun Murphy is a distinguished English professional snooker player renowned for clinching the 2005 World Championship. Widely known as “The Magician,” Murphy’s distinctive attributes include his precise cue action and proficiency in long-potting.
|Shaun Peter Murphy
|Date of Birth:
|10 August 1982
Shaun Murphy Biography
Born on 10 August 1982 in Harlow, Essex, and initiating his professional career in 1998, Murphy’s triumph at the 2005 World Championship was a remarkable upset, marking him as only the third qualifier to secure the title, following in the footsteps of Alex Higgins and Terry Griffiths.
Shaun Murphy Age
As of December 2023, he was 41 years old.
Shaun Murphy Parents
His father is known as Tony Murphy.
Shaun Murphy Career
With twelve ranking titles to his name, Murphy stands as the tenth-highest achiever in the history of ranking tournament victories. Additionally, he reached the World Championship final in 2009, 2015, and 2021, demonstrating consistent excellence. Murphy has also clinched eleven non-ranking tournaments, including the prestigious 2015 Masters, completing his career Triple Crown.
Accumulating over £4 million in prize money and boasting more than 600 century breaks, which include seven maximum breaks, Murphy held a peak world ranking of number three for three seasons after 2007–08.
A defining moment in Murphy’s career occurred on 12 November 2017, when he secured the Champion of Champions title by defeating Ronnie O’Sullivan in the final. Another notable achievement transpired at the 2019 World Snooker Championship, where Murphy accomplished a rare whitewash by defeating Luo Honghao 10–0 in the opening round.
Murphy’s journey in snooker began at the age of eight when his parents gifted him a snooker table for Christmas. Displaying exceptional talent, he made his first century break at the age of 10 and honed his skills at the Rushden Snooker Centre, a venue frequented by snooker luminaries like Stephen Hendry, Mark Williams, and Ken Doherty. At 13, he secured a substantial five-year £5,000-a-year sponsorship deal with the Doc Martens shoe company, expressing ambitions of winning the World Championship and attaining the world number one ranking. Turning professional at 15 in 1998, Murphy embarked on a promising career.
Under the guidance of coaches such as Steve Prest until the 2006–07 season, along with insights from Willie Thorne and Ray Reardon, Murphy’s journey was shaped by experienced mentors. At 15, he received Reardon’s old cue from his father, a significant moment in his development.
Beyond his sporting prowess, Shaun Murphy embraced Christianity at the age of 15, influenced by a religious family he encountered on holiday. Known for his philanthropy, he engaged in aid work in Zimbabwe with his then-wife, Clare, during the summer of 2006. Notably, Murphy donated a portion of his 2005 World Championship winnings to the church and contributed £100 for every century made at the 2012 World Snooker Championship to the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity.
Currently residing in Dublin with his family, Murphy proudly claims to be the sole individual to achieve a maximum break in snooker, a nine-dart finish in darts, and a hole-in-one in golf.
Shaun Murphy Wife
He is married to Elaine O’Reilly.
Shaun Murphy Children
He is known to be a father of one.
Shaun Murphy Net Worth
His estimated net worth is reportedly around $5 million.